U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday won the dismissal of an “inciting to riot” claim brought by three protesters who said they were roughed up at a March 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Trump was campaigning for the White House.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the protesters did not state a valid claim under Kentucky law, and that Trump was protected by the First Amendment because he did not specifically advocate imminent lawless action.
Inciting to riot is a misdemeanor under Kentucky law, the appeals court said.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Bill Berkrot